Milestones were originally literal stones marking the distance along roads as a way of telling how far you had gone and how far you had left to go. In project planning, figurative milestones serve the same purpose. I think of them as a measure of “doneness”. I find having some milestones help to keep up enthusiasm by providing reinforcement of the feeling that one is getting closer to the goal, whatever it is.
For Comstock Road, my ultimate goal is a completed layout for some value of complete. As an interim form of completion, I want to be able to operate the layout. Total completion is a long way in the future even for an achievable layout such as this one so what are some of my milestones along the way to completion?
- Trackplan finalized – Done
- Template drawn with Templot – Done
- Baseboard frames – Done
- Layout space decluttered – Done (This is the one where the project was most in danger of bogging down.)
- Trackbed – In Progress
- Run a locomotive – short plain section with alligator clips will do.
- Basic landforms aka terra foama
- A turnout laid and wired with servo
- Track laid
- Rest of servos installed and wired.
- Traverser on manual
- Powered traverser
- Layout backdrop and lighting valance
- Operating session?
- Building mockups
That is obviously not all the way to complete and in the virtual planning world I don’t necessarily have to do them all in strict order. For instance, the backdrop and valance will get built and be installed fairly soon if only to get the materials on hand off the floor behind the layout. Scenery and buildings will likely be moving along in parallel as the whim takes me.
I have no particular schedule to keep but I hope to keep moving along. I am aiming to get a (the) loco moving by then end of the month at the latest.